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Peru Warns that Transporters’ Strike will Waste Thousands of tons of Bananas

22.2.2019

The strike by heavy cargo carriers also puts mango exports at risk, according to the Peruvian Association of Producers and Exporters.

Juan Carlos Rivera, manager of the Peruvian Association of Producers and Exporters of mango (APEM), said that the stoppage by transporters will paralyze the production of mango and organic bananas in the region.

He also stressed that this eventuality puts at risk the future exports of the products could result in millions in losses for exporters and farmers. He pointed out that more than 1,000 tons per day would not be able to be exported.

On the other hand, he indicated that mango agro-exporters had to embark on February 18th and 19th, but now they have the product refrigerated and have only a little time to avoid losing it. “They are refrigerated in the packing plants or detained in the port and already have an advanced stage of maturation," he said.

Marcia Herrera, head of the banana technical table, explained that the fruit is in the plantations and with the passage of days it will no longer be useable for export.

"We need a quick solution to the strike because one more day means millions in losses. At least let us have a scheduled time frame to get the product out," she said.

"It's US$500,000 a day. To this loss must be added the breach of the contracts we might face, we have not sent anything in three days," she said. Weekly the sector sends between 200 and 220 containers through the port of Paita with a value of more than US$3 million.

Last week, around 8,000 tons of mangoes were shipped in 400 containers through the port of Paita.

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